Good-bye YouTube Kids – Hello Free Play

It’s been a long time since I’ve written.  After-schooling turned out more to be me killing myself to keep my house at an acceptable level of clean + making dinner + trying to keep the kids clean, and maybe doing homework … Continue reading

Nature Walks – February 2016

“So come, get ready.  Don’t delay!  We’re on a nature trail today.” ~Maurice Pledger, from In the Forest February was up and down as far as weather went this year – we had 50-degree days, a day of freezing rain … Continue reading

Nature Walks – September 2015

“So come, get ready.   Don’t delay!  We’re on a nature trail today.” ~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest September.  September done, no less.  Actually, my nature walks pictures from September 2014 were in my mind all month.  I kept remember … Continue reading

Nature Walks – June 2015

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay!  We’re on a nature trail today.” ~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest As the end of June was drawing nearer, I feared that I wouldn’t really have any good pictures for our nature walks … Continue reading

The Proper Pet. Reflections, Week 46

I could hardly say that this week counts as a week of school, Elizabeth and I only did organized school on Tuesday, and again on Saturday night.  I’ve been so crazy running around with getting job applications completed and talking … Continue reading

Nature Walks – May 2015

“So come get ready. Don’t delay!  We’re on a nature trail today.” ~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest We are finishing up a year now (12 months) since I started the Nature Walks series on Seed To Seedling.  It’s been fun for … Continue reading

Nature Walks – November

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today!”

~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest

Winter is here!  Another month gone, it seems to have happened so fast!  Since the cold weather has hit, we haven’t been outside as much, although we have enjoyed each snowfall.  Here in Central New York, the weather has been back and forth between cold and snowy and above freezing this month.  Our garden held on until mid-November, we still had peas and Swiss chard and cabbages until the hard frost came and withered them away.

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Here is a picture of our nature trail dusted in snow, very picturesque!

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We also found some squirrel tracks that crossed from one side of the trail to the other.

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This little lady bird beetle (aka ladybug) came inside to visit on a chilly day.  Elizabeth had to pick her up and carry her around for a while.  🙂

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Lastly, we visited the Buffalo Zoo this month, as I wrote about in week 16 Reflections.  The pictures I took that day didn’t come out the best, but this lioness posed for me for a bit, then romped around with her companion in an entertaining way.

Nature Walks – October

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today.”

~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest

October was beautiful here in Upstate New York.  I spent a lot of time raking leaves, and the kids came out and jumped in the piles.  Here are some pictures of autumn in our yard.

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One day, Elizabeth decided that she wanted to have a picnic.  Her brother was asleep, so we took some blankets and snacks outside.  It was breezy and the clouds were moving fast overhead.  I enjoyed just laying back and watching them, something I don’t have the time to do very often.

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A very small sampling of trees in our woods.  Just this amount of trees lets loose A LOT of leaves though!

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One day while raking, I found this huge worm right up on top of the grass.  Both kids held it for a while, then Elizabeth “saved” it by carrying it to the center circle that our driveway runs around.

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Also while raking, I also found these two caterpillars.  Our woods house lots of different kinds of caterpillars, and support a healthy bird population – which we absolutely love!

Nature Walks – June

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today.”

-Maurice Pledger

A friend of mine who homeschooled her kids told me that after their daily lessons, she’d take the kids on nature walks, and I love that idea. It wouldn’t be a stretch for us to make it a habit, as we do all ready loosely do something of the sorts. Here are some fun things we have seen lately on the property.

 

Decorative caterpillarWe found this interesting caterpillar on a wild raspberry bush. I had originally guessed that the white things were the eggs of a parasitic wasp, but upon uploading the picture and seeing it on the computer, I can see that they are just part of the caterpillar’s fancy suit. Maybe they are meant to fool a parasitic wasp into thinking this caterpillar has all ready been parasitized? Or maybe they help it blend into a leaf that has caterpillar eggs all over it?

Next, we heard a buzzing coming from the door of the garage, and discovered this fly caught in a spider’s web. Elizabeth was enthralled, and we watched for quite a while as the fly struggled and the spider threw one line of silk after another over the insect. When we returned later, the fly was wrapped up. The following day, there were no signs of leftovers at all.

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Another day when I was reading stories to Elizabeth before her nap, she heard a bird call out her window and went to look out. She then called me over to see two “nest” right out side. Well they weren’t nests, they were two Northern Screech Owls eyeing the birds at our feeders! They were very relaxed, even when they noticed us in the window, I mean how could we be large predators way up in that tree that they hadn’t noticed before?

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This is how they looked a little bit later when I went outside to get a better look and some pictures. This time, I did seem like a predator, so they assumed the stiff, upright position that makes them look deceivingly like a piece of broken branch. I love how they squint their eyes!

Do you take your kids on nature walks? What are some interesting things you have seen together?